(UPDATED Saturday night, as we keep getting photos, including one night shot from Port Townsend)
(Added 12:42 pm)
11:51 AM: The Missile Defense Agency would only say, when confirming Friday that its SBX (“big white ball” Sea-Based X-Band Radar dome that’s been on Harbor Island for three months) would leave Seattle today, that its movement would be “in daylight hours.” We’ve been watching MarineTraffic.com in lieu of staking out Harbor Island all day – and the tracking on that site suggests SBX and accompanying tugboats are now under way. Off to check. Let us know if you’re seeing it.
12:21 PM: Commenters confirmed it, and now we can too – it’s definitely moving out, albeit very slowly, so it’ll likely be visible from West Seattle shores for a few hours; it hasn’t even rounded Duwamish Head yet.
3:51 PM: It’s close to being out of Elliott Bay – off Magnolia at last report. Bob A. sends this view from North Admiral:
Thanks to everyone who’s sent photos – just going through them now!
MORE PICTURES ADDED SATURDAY EVENING – click ahead!
From Craig, taken from the Admiral Way Bridge:
From Melanie Dixon, the SBX with the West Seattle Water Taxi (check the crowd on deck):
From John M:
From Brian Presser of TouchTech Systems, a distant night view from Port Townsend:
And still a few more to come …
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